Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Play By Your Own Rules - Beddoes Tells Col Tikoitoga & Fiji Sun


Mick Beddoes



             
STATEMENT

UPP President Mick Beddoes called on the Fiji Sun and its Deputy Editor Maika Bolatiki and Col Tikoitoga to play by the rules set out in the Media Industry Decree 29 in particular Schedule 1 Media Code of Ethics and Practice which applies equally to them as much as it does to others’ 

 

UPP President Mick Beddoes called on the Fiji Sun and its Deputy Editor Maika Bolatiki and Col Tikoitoga to play by the rules set out in the Media Industry Decree 29 in particular Schedule 1 Media Code of Ethics and Practice which applies equally to them as much as it does to others’ 

 

Beddoes said although he has seriously considered lodging a formal complaint, he has opted to give the Fiji Sun another opportunity to present a ‘fair and balanced’ coverage of the debate between Col Tikoitoga and he and others. 

Beddoes said Col Tikoitoga’s was quoted as saying ‘we only have one fear and that is returning the country to corrupt leaders’ unquote. He went on to say the UPP, SDL and FLP were in government when the military took over leadership in 2006.

Beddoes said Tikoitoga’s reference to him being part of the Government in 2006 in factually incorrect – he was the Opposition Leader at the time. Beddoes said In the interest of transparency and fairness, Col Tikoitoga should name the corrupt political leaders he is referring to? And the evidence he has to warrant such a claim?

Beddoes said while he supports any efforts to stamp out corruption; it needs to be done under a fully democratic system of government where the officers of the state and judiciary are accountable for their actions and decisions and any accused given the right of appeal or redress.
Tikoitoga - Hypocrisy Colonel

With reference to Col Tikoitoga’s call for politicians to make constructive and not destructive criticisms about the military and government Beddoes said this could easily come about if the Military Command did what it has always been tasked to do and that is uphold the constitution of Fiji, protect the citizens of Fiji from any external threat and basically honor the oath they have all sworn and become subservient to the elected government of the people.

Beddoes said if Tikoitoga believes as he does that the people of Fiji are a peace loving, God fearing good and decent people, he will also know that none of them deserve to be treated in such a disrespectful and oppressive manner. Beddoes said it was never too late for a change in strategy because like any battle plan, regrouping, redeploying or withdrawing are all options available to the Military Command to consider in order to ensure a good outcome for their troops and the people they are defending.

Authorized By:                      Mick Beddoes

Read Biased Fiji Sun piece on Tikoitoga's ongoing threats 

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